We believe in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as verbally inspired of God, and inerrant in the original writing, and that they are of supreme and final authority in faith and life.We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.


Reverend Stephen P. Olsen graduated from Baptist Bible Seminary with a Masters of Divinity degree.  He accepted the senior pastorate at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Smithville in May 1978.  He has led the church through three building programs and most recent, the purchase of a daughter church in Rittman, Ohio in September 2010.  Pastor Olsen has been active on the national and state levels of the General Association of Regular Baptist Churches and local fellowships.  He has a rich heritage with his father being a pastor, missionary, a Bible college administrator, and serving in the GARBC ministry; his uncle being a life-long GARBC pastor; the godly example of Rev. Willus Hull; and serving under Rev. Jay Long in Mehoopany, PA.  Pastor Olsen’s wife, Mary Jane is enjoying retirement from school teaching and is very active with her grandchildren.  Their family consists of four children, their spouses, and grandchildren:  Ben, Heather, Brody & Sophia Olsen reside in Wooster; Peter Olsen, resides in Smithville; Philip, Cait, Myra Sue, Jack and Boone Olsen reside in Smithville; Travis, Rebekah, Jase and Nora Bell, who reside in Wooster.

Reverend Mark Barrios came to Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in March 2006 as part time Music Pastor, becoming full time in January 2007.  He has a Bachelor of Music Education from Capital University and a Master of Arts in Sacred Music from Pensacola Christian College.  He has served in ministry since 1980.  Pastor Mark was ordained at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in June 2010.  He and his wife, Michelle, reside in Wooster with their youngest son Jesse. Married children and spouses include:  Josh & Chelsea Northey (Lilah & Madeleine), Stephen & Anna Weis (Judah, Abigail & Gideon), Rick & Rebekah Thompson (Zadik) and Patrick & Hannah Jo Barrios, Tim & Michaela Shalala and Drew & Holland Barrios. Jesse is attending college.


Dwight Strickland joined the staff at PHBC in 2019. Following his years of education and training at Cedarville College and Grace Theological Seminary, he enjoyed over 35 years of pastoring and ministering to God’s people in three different churches. Developing life-long friendships is a joy that God has provided through the ministry of His Word, in sharing their faith in Jesus Christ, discipling, counseling, and fellowship. God has gifted him with a wonderful family that consists of his wife, Cindy, and their three children. Their son, Ben, and his wife, Rachael, along with their children (Leona, James, Tyler) live in Elkhart, Indiana. Daughter, Alissa, and her husband, Dan, along with their children (Owen, Mollie) live in Marshallville, Ohio. Their youngest, Ethan, and his wife, Samantha, along with their children (Kylie, Rory) live in Akron, Ohio



Zac and Vicka Singletary began their ministry at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Sterling, Ohio on June 2, 2021. Zac and Vicka are originally from the area (Wellington and New London) and are excited that God has called them back “home”. Zac is a recent graduate of Faith Baptist Bible College and Theological Seminary (2016, 2019) where he left with a Master of Divinity degree. Zac and Vicka are driven to make disciples through the teaching and preaching of God’s Word to this generation and the next. Zac and Vicka have been married since May of 2015 and have two beautiful girls: Gloria Joy and Calina Jay.

The Doctrinal Statement

We subscribe to the following fundamentals of our Baptist faith:

We believe in the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments as verbally inspired of God, and inerrant in the original writing, and that they are of supreme and final authority in faith and life.We believe in one God, eternally existing in three persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

We believe that Jesus Christ was begotten by the Holy Spirit and born of Mary, a virgin, and is true God and true man.

We believe that man was created in the image of God, that he sinned and thereby incurred not only physical death, but also spiritual death, which is separation from God; and that all human beings are born with a sinful nature.

We believe that the Lord Jesus Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures as representative and substitutionary sacrifice, and that all who believe in Him are justified on the ground of His shed blood.

We believe that all who receive by faith the Lord Jesus Christ are born again of the Holy Spirit and thereby become children of God.

We believe in the Eternal Security of the believer; that it is impossible for one born into the family of God to ever be lost.

We believe in the resurrection of the crucified body of our Lord, in His Ascension into heaven and His present life there as High Priest and Advocate.

We believe in "that blessed hope," the personal, premillenial, pretribulation and imminent return of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, when the Church will be "gathered together unto Him."

We believe in the literal fulfillment of the prophecies and promises of the Scriptures which foretell and assure the future regeneration and restoration of Israel as a nation.

We believe in the bodily resurrection of the just and the unjust, the everlasting blessedness of the saved, and the everlasting punishment of the lost.

We believe that the Scriptural ordinances of the church are baptism (immersion) and the Lord's Supper; that baptism should be administered to believers only as a symbol of their belief in the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord and as a testimony to the world of that belief and of their death, burial, and resurrection with Him, and that the Lord's Supper should be partaken of by believers only to show for His death, till He comes.

We believe that the spiritual gifts of tongues, healings, and prophecies were sign gifts given to verify God's Word, and with the completion of Scripture, they are no longer exercised.